Saturday, February 20, 2016 7:30PM
Copley Symphony Hall

Not On Sale

A Classical Special Concert

San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Sameer Patel, conductor
San Diego Symphony String Quartet
Gilbert Castellanos, trumpet
Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Trio

Special Guest Presenters:
Dr. Charles Limb
Dr. Nina Kraus
Special Guest: Steven Schick
(Reed Family Presidential Chair in Music at UC San Diego;
Music Director of La Jolla Symphony & Chorus )

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68: Pastorale

We hope you will join us on Saturday February 20th to hear a rousing performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Pastoral, performed by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. (Note: there will be exhibits in the lobby pertinent to this concert beginning at 6:30pm, and during intermission.)

Before the San Diego Symphony Orchestra's performance, this concert will open with a special presentation by professors Charles Limb and Nina Kraus.

Charles Limb is the Francis A. Sooy Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Chief of the Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at UCSF. He directs the Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center and holds a joint appointment in Neurosurgery. His current areas of research focus on the study of the neural basis of musical creativity as well as the study of music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants. His work has been featured by NPR/PBS, TED, National Geographic, New York Times, CNN, Scientific American, BBC, Smithsonian Institute, the Sundance Film Festival and many others.

We are also joined by Nina Kraus, Professor of Communication Sciences, Neurobiology & Physiology, Otolaryngology; Hugh Knowles Chair at Northwestern University. She is a scientist, inventor, and amateur musician who studies the biology of auditory learning. Through a series of innovative studies involving thousands of research participants from birth to age 90, her research has found that our lives in sound, for better (musicians, bilinguals) or worse (language disorders, aging, hearing loss), shapes how we hear. Using the principles of neuroscience to improve human communication, she advocates for best practices in education, health, and social policy.

In this multimedia presentation, Limb and Kraus will begin the evening exploring the topics and questions of:

What is music?

Music as a window to the human brain

How does music help shape auditory processing?

How do music and language coincide?

Jazz improvisation and spontaneous creativity

The impact of hearing loss on perception of music and the effects on quality of life

Beethoven and hearing loss

With the help of guest soloists performing both classical and jazz music, Limb, Kraus and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra will show the listener that music is the most complex form of sound in the world, and an essential component of the human experience. For the scientific community, this program will also show how music may hold the key to our understanding of high-level hearing for scientists, researchers, physicians, and patients with hearing impairment.

This concert will conclude around 9:30pm